Apply for a liquor licence

You need a liquor licence to sell or supply alcohol in the Northern Territory (NT).

Who can apply for a liquor licence

You can apply for a liquor licence as any of the following:

  • individual
  • registered company
  • partnership.

Liquor licence conditions

Standard conditions apply to all licences. These conditions cover all of the following:

  • where alcohol can be sold
  • notices to display
  • making licences available for inspection
  • keeping records
  • fire precautions and health requirements
  • keeping non-alcoholic drinks
  • responsible service of alcohol.

Before you apply

Before you apply you will need to identify a nominee.

The nominee is responsible for the day-to-day management of licensed premises.

Before an individual can become a nominee, they must:

Directors, shareholders, the nominee and partners must get a police history check.

Applying for a takeaway liquor licence

If you wish to apply for a takeaway licence contact Licensing NT to discuss your application.

Guideline for public hearings  

In some circumstances, a public hearing may be conducted to determine liquor licensing matters. Read the guideline for public hearings to be held in certain circumstances (1008.3 kb).

How to apply

To apply for a liquor licence follow these steps:

Step 1. Fill in a grant of liquor licence form.

Grant of liquor licence form (73.4 kb)
Grant of liquor licence form (651.9 kb)

Step 2. Get a police history check.

Step 3. Check the fee.

Step 4. Submit your application and fee to your nearest Territory Business Centre.

Last updated: 06 December 2017